Monday, 26 May 2014

#MMMay 14

My key learning this #MMMay14 is when I don't wear something more than once, it either needs a quick alteration or it should go to charity. My pledge is to wear MMM I've only worn once.

The clothing charity tally has increased to 15 garments - and I'm happy with that. They're all in good condition so I feel relieved to be giving to people who in need. 

There's also been a few well-loved but unused kitchen crockery items that went to the Salvos last week. I think this year's #MMMay14 has benefited more than just moi. 


Thanks again to Zo to getting me to be me-made aware for others too.


Day 18 was another visit to Cabramatta. Beajay and Valerie wrote about how we hosted this fabric/lunch visit to 'Little Vietnam' for Lynnelle of You sew girl



Photo taken by Valerie
Urban PresidioNew Look 6149 using Pitt Trading fabric (Charlie Brown remnant), Vogue 8774 black jeans with denim and jeans notions from Minerva Crafts UK.
 Day 19 was about being pleased with finishing painting the landing at home. Oh and I'm wearing my fave shirt dress New Look 6214 piping, prints with contrasts and a decent cotton fabric make this a 'go-to' work dress so I've deviated from my pledge to wear 'once only' me mades.
Day 20:
This amazing park location is usually packed with families. And you can see why. There are so many spots to play for kids of all ages.

The skirt is Vogue and the top uses the collar from Kwik Sew. I deviated again because I kept taking out once worn pieces and deciding they needed a new home.

Day 21 features the kiddie slides. There are quite a few of them.

This dress is a linen I picked up in the States a few years ago and I used it to make this Dandelion dress that Mari Miller designed. This is another fav work dress even if linen creases so easily. But it's now bagging at the shoulders so it will go to charity.

Day 22
Now I'm not sure what this play area is but it's definitely striking.

These pants are still not fitting well so I'll test them again in a different fabric and give this pair to charity. The top is Sew Chic pattern beatrice bodice with a Vogue peplum and it's going to go to a better home. I enjoy the fit of the top but I know where it needed tweaking so this top has had a very good run.

Day 23 features my Minerva polka dot shirt using Butterick 5538 and Vogue 1204 purple pins. Polka dots were the day's theme.
Photo taken by Rhonda
Before I put this blouse on in the morning, I tweaked the back darts because it was looking a bit shapeless. This blouse is now a better shape without pulling. The beauty of this fabric is that it's a good quality stretch woven.

Day 24
On weekends I wear jean/pants/shorts so it's nice to wear a new top. 
Photo taken by DH
The morning was cool so I grabbed my trusty Minoru jacket over my new Jaywalk tee (to be blogged), Vogue 1204 green jeans and all of my belongings are in my urban Presidio purse.

Day 25 was a quiet one where I was experimenting with stripes and came up with this dress using a remnant from Tessutis. The basis for this dress is their Alexa tee pattern.
The bag is my faithful urban Presidio purse.
I'll blog this shortly as I've just finished sewing a bunch of stripe knits :) 
I've used Tessutis Alexa tee pattern for this dress style. I'll show you how shortly...

Day 26

Another fab day with 25C temps forecast again. This is a wonderful end to autumn.

Back at the park I'm wearing my fav shirt dress New Look 6124. You saw this dress on Day 19 too.

20 comments:

Melanie Y (Miss Piggy) said...

Looks like a great sewing meet up! I give a lot of my sewing away to Vinnies too....but they would be nowhere near as good as yours. Loving your shirt dresses.

Valerie said...

Love the shirtdress and the stripey dress. I hope you blog about it soon.

Lori said...

That stripey dress is amazing and it looks great on you. I have enjoyed seeing all your MMM daily garments and what a nice variety you have. You did make me feel better, as my charity pile has grown also, during this me-made month.

MaciNic said...

I am so perfectly jealous of your weather ATM ;) I'm loving seeing all of your outfits, great fabric choice on the striped dress! - and if you should ever tire of that Charlie Brown B&W top, well... ;)

kbenco said...

How practical of you to use MMM to thoroughly assess your wardrobe and investigate the lurkers (as in lurking at the back of the wardrobe).Whilst I love a pretty dress (and your New Looks are gorgeous, but the stripey dress is particularly smart and striking), it is really interesting to see how people make outfits from their separates in MMM, this being a personal difficulty, and I'm enjoying seeing your combinations, you make such great use of colour.

beajay said...

Great outfits Maria. Love your shirt dress and purple top. Gorgeous. You look fresh every day.

Kyle Burkhardt said...

Your red, white and blue dress is my favorite of this grouping.
Yay that you got to meet Lynn!

Sharon said...

You are certainly working out what works for you and have some amazing outfits.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sharon.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Kyle. Lynn's great and still 'trekking' through Australia too.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Beajay

Velosewer said...

It's taken a good 3 goes at #MMM to include colour in my wardrobe. I do love easy to make knits pieces.

Velosewer said...

I will certainly keep you in ming;)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Lori. I felt silly keeping things that don't work anymore so I'm really happy with the charity pile.

Velosewer said...

I will Val.

Velosewer said...

You will get there Mel.

Gabrielle Corbett said...

I'm really enjoying seeing your comprehensive wardrobe in action; there's a lot to choose from but I think my favoirites this week are your day 26 shirt dress, your polka dot blouse and your day 24 outfit. You are ruthless with the me mades that don't get worn! I'm sure all the clothes you're passing on to Vinnies will be very much appreciated by their new owners!

S Gunn said...

You've got yourself a super me made wardrobe, Maria! Really love seeing the clothes in action :)

Kristy Chan said...

Love the stripey dress, a great use of the fabric. I'm guessing you're at the park early in the morning because whenever I go there it's always packed. That big metal disc spins around and the kids sit on it sliding around and hanging on for dear life - it must be fun given how many of them pack onto it!

Joy said...

So, you're so well-stocked with you-mades that you're picking a subcategory of them for MMM!


That park looks like so much fun. We have nothing even remotely like it here.

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